Colloque – Community, Identity, Individuals: Shaping the (Political) Nation in Premodern Europe

Organization : Asst. Prof. Éloïse Adde

Central Éuropean University

Medieval Studies Department Quellenstraße 51-55
1100 Wien

Room A-516


IMAFO (Institut für Mittelalterliche Forschung), Austrian Academy of Sciences (Andreas Zajic)
FPPCHA (Fondation pour la protection du patrimoine culturel historique et artisanal), Lausanne (SW)
CRHiDI (Centre de recherche en histoire du droit et des institutions), Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, Brussels (BE)
CEFRES (Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales), Prague (CZ)
Stadt Wien Kuktur

20-25 min per contribution

Q&A in block before the breaks

Meeting ID: 996 3980 2949

Passcode: 402779

Programme :

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

8:30-9:00 coffee

9:00-9:15: Welcoming speech

9:15-9:45: Eloïse Adde (CEU, Vienna, AT): Introduction

1. Before or without the nation 9:45-12:15

CHAIR: Walter Pohl (university of Vienna)

Patrick Geary (IAS, Princeton, US) The Pre-History of the Medieval Nation: from the Imperium Romanum to Regna in Late Antiquity (400-800)

Daniel Ziemann (CEU, Vienna, AT) From Bulgars to Bulgarians – The Problem of National Identity in the First Bulgarian Realm (681-1018)

10:45-11:15: Break

Igor Mineo (University of Palermo, IT) A nationless space? Autonomies and state building processes in the Italian peninsula

Michael Depreter (University of Oxford, UK)  From merchant to soldier: what is in a nation?

12:15-13:45 LUNCH

2. The sources of the nation. Imperial idea, confession, regions 13:45-16:15

CHAIR: Andreas Zajic (IMAFO, AAS)

Przemysław Wiszewski (university of Wroclaw, PL) Medieval communities on the border. Catalonia, Silesia, and Transylvania – on the verge between nation and regional community.

Daniel Bagi (ELTE Budapest, HU) Nation building, regional identity in the Styrian Rhymed Chronicle of Otacher aus der Gaal

14:45-15:15: Break

Len Scales (University of Durham, UK) “For love of you I have given up my Saxons and all Germans.” Emperors, Rome, and nation

Mikhail V. Dmitriev Natio and confessio in medieval Rus’:  what was different from medieval Poland and the “Latin” West? ONLINE +2h

16:15-16:45: Break

3. Defining and delimiting national communities. Internal and external forces in interplay 16:45-17:45

CHAIR: Katalin Szende (CEU, Vienna)

Cathleen Sarti (University of Oxford, UK) The Importance of the “Other” – Emerging National Identity in Scandinavia, 1397-1599

Roman Tymoshevskyi (CEU, Vienna, AT) The ruler’s depositions and political community in England and Holy Roman Empire, 1298-1327

Thursday, May 4, 2023

3. Defining and delimiting national communities. Internal and external forces in interplay 9:00-10:00

CHAIR: Katalin Szende (CEU, Vienna)

Jakub Razim (Palac University, Oloumoc, CZ) Excommunication as a tool for shaping a legal and religious community. A case study on a canonical procedure in medieval Bohemia

Eric Bousmar (Saint-Louis University, BE) The Burgundian State Formation from Within and from Below. A view from Hainault: networks, dynasty, and nation in the eyes of the memorialist Jean de Haynin

10:00-10:30 Break

4. Images and symbols of the nation. Between self-perception and (self-)representation 10:30-12:30

CHAIR: Jonathan Dumont (IMAFO, Austrian Academy of Sciences)

Flocel Sabate (University of Lleida, ES) The Catalan nation in the late Middle Ages: perception and representation

Mario Damen (University of Amsterdam, NE) The construction and perception of a legal landscape in the late medieval Low Countries

11:30-12:00 Break

Marcin R. Pauk (University of Warsaw, PL) Saint patron, peace, and princely jurisdiction: the process of early institutionalization of state power in Central Europe (12th – 13th century)

12:30-14:00 LUNCH

5. Narration, language(s), history, literature. Nation as a cultural project? 14:00-17:00

CHAIR: Anja Božič (CEU, Vienna)

Claudia Wittig (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, GE) Administrating History. « National » History and State Building in Later Medieval France

Benoît Grévin (CNRS, FR) Natio or lingua? Revisiting a semantic couple (1200-1600)

15:00-15:30: Break

Julia Verkholantsev (University of Pennsylvania, USA) The Dynamics of Literary Beginnings and the Question of National Narrative: the Cases of Czech, Polish and Croatian Literatures

Arthur Pérodeau (EHESS, Paris, FR) Analyzing the national feeling through the interest in historical works. The spread and reception of Cosmas’ chronicle till the beginning of the 13th century

Camille Rutsaert (UCL/Saint-Louis University, BE) Duchesse Joanna (1355-1406) and the idea of a Brabant’s Nation. An historical representation or an historiographical construction?

Friday, May 5, 2023

6. The “nation of the individuals”. Subjectivity, emotions, stereotypes, expectations


CHAIR: Balazs Nagy (ELTE, Budapest and CEU, Vienna)

Philippe Urfalino (EHESS, Paris, FR) The nation, as a collection of individuals

Andrzej Pleszczyński (UMCS, Lublin, PL) The genesis and character of the Polish self-stereotype as a determinant of cultural and national identity


Corinne Leveleux (University of Orleans, FR) Writing law in 13th century France. Between social expectations and political communication

Julia Burkhardt (LMU, Munich, GE) A nation and its foreigners. Discourses and possibilities of political participation in Hungary (1490-1526) ONLINE

Michał Machalski (CEU, Vienna, AT) Loyalty and Langauge in Warsaw Trial of 1339

12:00-13:00 Conclusive discussion

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